A bundle of hilarious twists and turns

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It was a night packed with side splitting and rib cracking laughs from curtain rise till curtain fall when the Abibigromma Resident Theatre of the University of Ghana took the stage at the E.T.S Drama Studio. Rarely does one find a show open with a full house, an excited and discerning audience who appreciate a hearty laugh and a splendid performance. Such is ilfe.

Femi Osofisan’s Such is life comes alive once again at the Efua Theodora Sutherland Studio at the University of Ghana from the 28th to 30th March 2014 under the artistic directorship of Dr. Grace Uche Adninku. Set in the age of the Structural Adjustment Program (SAP) in Nigeria, similar to Ghana’s GIPC, Such is life highlights the impact of the harsh economic hardships survived by Nigerians even among the supposedly comfortable members of society. Prof. Juokwu, a lecturer of medicine and his ever suspicious wife Obioma…

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A bundle of hilarious twists and turns

It was a night packed with side splitting and rib cracking laughs from curtain rise till curtain fall when the Abibigromma Resident Theatre of the University of Ghana took the stage at the E.T.S Drama Studio. Rarely does one find a show open with a full house, an excited and discerning audience who appreciate a hearty laugh and a splendid performance. Such is ilfe.

Femi Osofisan’s Such is life comes alive once again at the Efua Theodora Sutherland Studio at the University of Ghana from the 28th to 30th March 2014 under the artistic directorship of Dr. Grace Uche Adninku. Set in the age of the Structural Adjustment Program (SAP) in Nigeria, similar to Ghana’s GIPC, Such is life highlights the impact of the harsh economic hardships survived by Nigerians even among the supposedly comfortable members of society. Prof. Juokwu, a lecturer of medicine and his ever suspicious wife Obioma, take us through the twist and turns of marital “bliss” and its undulating escapades. Prof. Juokwu being a scientist employs his learnings to induce what he aptly calls a “midnight blackout” on eagle-eyed wife evading her keen watch as he attends his “extracurricular” activities. Meanwhile an old suitor of Obioma returns from Rio with hot love burning in his chest to marry his true love.

Mr. Akubundu is somehow dragged into this convoluted twist of deceit, love, betrayal and manipulation. As a politician cum businessman, Mr. Akubundu is happy to sell not only his commodities but his political ideals as well. Well, with elections around the corner he has but little choice. Not until he discovers that his wife and Prof. Juokwu have put his political aspirations and reputation in a shaky place of imminent ridicule. As gentlemen, he and Prof. Juokwu agree to settle the issue with a duel.

Dr. Adinku is inspired by the complex issues underscoring this satirical comedy touching on infidelity, trust, and the domestic issues that plague regular people and how they seem to be at a loss given their misplaced priorities. To her the notion that it is normal for African men to be about town is simply unacceptable and we must engage society in active discourse if this predisposition is ever going to change. But even more important to her is the emphasis the play gives to priorities at home and balancing career ambitions and domestic challenges to stay on top of issues, as in the case of Mr. Akubundu, is far more important than public opinion.

The riveting performance of wits, repartees and pure humor in a myriads of ironies is interspersed with music and interesting dance interludes that neatly links the whole play together. The energy of the actors, eloquent delivery of lines and authenticity of acting is a sheer delight to watch.

The show continues till 30th March, 2014. You can find out more or buy discount tickets on Tiqeet.

 Abibigromma goes digital with SUCH IS LIFE

Abibigromma goes digital

Originally posted on Tiqeetflash:

Abibigromma , the resident theatre group of the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana since its inception in 1983 finally goes digital offering electronic tickets in partnership with  Tiqeet .

Starting on the 27th of March 2014 in partnership with Tiqeet, Abibigromma is joining the elite league of productions houses that offer their most valuable clients and patrons extra convenience and comfort in purchasing ticket for their shows. With the recent wave of technology and its immense advantages it makes no sense for the model for repertory theatre that facilitates learning, research and experimentation not to adopt the latest innovation in the industry. Hence the partnership with Tiqeet.

Tiqeet is an event promotion and digital ticketing platform that enables event attendees to easily discover events and purchase tickets right from the convenience of their phones. It further provides intelligence on the attendees creating opportunities for quality feedback to…

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Abibigromma goes digital

Abibigromma, the resident theatre group of the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana since its inception in 1983 finally goes digital offering electronic tickets in partnership with Tiqeet.

Starting on the 27th of March 2014 in partnership with Tiqeet, Abibigromma is joining the elite league of productions houses that offer their most valuable clients and patrons extra convenience and comfort in purchasing ticket for their shows. With the recent wave of technology and its immense advantages it makes no sense for the model for repertory theatre that facilitates learning, research and experimentation not to adopt the latest innovation in the industry. Hence the partnership with Tiqeet.

Tiqeet is an event promotion and digital ticketing platform that enables event attendees to easily discover events and purchase tickets right from the convenience of their phones. It further provides intelligence on the attendees creating opportunities for quality feedback to improve events and increase engagements.  With inbuilt social media tools organizers, in this case Abibigromma, is able to reach all her faithful patrons and discover new ones through social media so effortlessly.

Among Abibigromma’s values include being a customer-oriented service which is why they happily embrace a service that makes it convenient for their faithful patrons to quickly discover their upcoming events and conveniently purchase tickets for the show. The first show to be sold on Tiqeet is Femi Osofisan’s classic comedy, “ Such is Life” directed by Grace Uche Adinku of the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana. The play opens at 7:00 pm (GMT) on the 27th, 28th and 29th of March 2014 at the E.T.S. Drama Studio.

Aside Abibigromma’s research activities, they in partnership with various institutions undertake series of educational tours, workshops in dramatic literature and social awareness programs. They also provide rich and colourful as well as authentic cultural entertainment at state functions, corporate events and social occasion upon request.

Just an email (abibigromma@ug.edu.gh ) away, they promise to deliver graceful and breathtaking performances any day. Meantime why not get a ticket for Such is Life

Abibigromma goes digital with SUCH IS LIFE

Disrupt the power structures

With the increasing rate of corruption and the impunity with which people brandish this fetid wave of moral decadence and abuse of public office in the country, there is cause to disrupt the power structures to make room for fresh ideas, innovation and forward thinking people with moral integrity to drive the nation to its proverbial promise land. That is what inspired co-directors Kobina Hagan and Esther Ohemaa Adjei, both National Service personnel at the University of Ghana School of Performing Arts to engage discerning members of the  our society rethink our future as a nation.

The perfect play to drive home this point for them is Wole Soyinka’s 1965 masterpiece, Kongi’s Harvest. President Kongi, the dictator of a developing country tries to move the country forward by any means necessary. However, he has the odious task of unifying the nation and making them believe in his ideas. To accomplish this he makes all government officials dress in traditional African wear and even seeks the council of Oba Danlola, the traditional ruler he disposed. To affirm his superior rule he requires Oba Danlola to present to him the ceremonial yam from the harvest at a state event. This will symbolize the complete transfer of power and total abdication of the traditional ruler to him.

To further immortalize himself he contemplates naming the ceremony in perpetuity after himself.  Kongi also hand picks his “council” of leaders to draft a five year development plan to unify and develop the country. These sycophants, as they turn out to be, seem by their obsequiousness abetted Kongi’s transmogrification into a grotesque dictator.

How have we in our silence or looking the other way, servility and eagerness to please people in power for the sake of stuffing our bellies or for whatever fleeting privileges contributed to the stunted growth of our country? Soyinka seems to ask.

Aptly interspersed with humor, rich African proverbs (most of them difficult to decipher), graceful and complementing imagery, the 110 minute long play grips the attention of discerning audiences eliciting a wide range of emotions and provoking thoughts. The equally splendid performance was nothing short of a School of Performing Arts standard; appropriate costuming, excellent articulation, aesthetic elegance and verve. The gracefully choreographed dances by the genteel bevies is a sight to behold.

Well, it is a Soyinka play. There is definitely something I have missed. Something deeper, sublime and elusively obvious. Why not take a trip to the E.T. S. Drama Studio today and catch the last run of Kongi’s Harvest on 22nd and 23rd of March, 2014.

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Bukom relocates to the National Theatre

The Ghana Dance Ensemble relocates the city of Bukom to the National Theatre on the 14th and 15th of March 2014 in the most aesthetically captivating and elating fashion not seen on our local scene in a very long time.

Bukom is a suburb of Accra, a well known fishing community renowned for producing prolific boxers of international acclaim; Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, Joshua Clottey and the famous boxer cum philosopher, Braimah Isaac Kamoko ( aka Bukom Banku) to mention a few. The city exudes authentic Ga culture with a healthy blend of modernization and tradition. Kpanlogo, kolomashie, gome are a few of the dance repertoire found in Bukom. Contemporary dance types such as Azonto and Al’Qaida  also reign in this town.

The socio economic landscape of the city seems quite unfavorable as the majority of the population are either old folks or not highly educated in the formal sense hence forcing most of them to settle for low skill low pay jobs resulting in high crime rates and teenage pregnancy incidents. There seem to be a major neglect by major stakeholder in the community’s development. A major reason the Ghana Dance Ensemble felt the need to relocate the entire city to the National Theatre.

After a heartfelt welcome with the pulsating rhythms of Atsea from the Volta region and Jera from the Northern region the curtain lifts elegantly to grant the audience a peek into Bukom. The dance-drama unfolds relating the story of Amartey, a victim of a broken home and premature exposure to social vices and gang activities or “streetism” if you may, he becomes deviant preferring gangs to school. One gang raid goes south  and he loses his mother in the process. That leads to a turning point in his life: he vows to take responsibility for his own future and make a positive impact on his society. He enlists in the security service and eventually succeeds at breaking major gang operation in the city.

Bukom, artfully choreographed by Prof. Nii Yartey and directed by Nii-Tete Yartey, the artistic director of the ensemble, strives to inspire individuals in communities to take their destinies in their own hands, as it were, and become the change they seek. The performers, elegantly costumed leaves no doubt about their roles or origin. They exude the typical verve of the jama atmosphere that characterizes the lively and youthful Ga recreational scenes. There were ample moments of hearty laughs, voluntary applause and a sense of finality and elation when curtains came down gracefully.

Founded in 1962 under the directorship of Professor Emeritus J. H Nketia the Ghana Dance Ensemble (National Dance Company) has the mandate to help preserve and develop Ghana’s traditional dance forms and also develop a pool of professional dancers to strengthen the cultural and artistic image of Ghana through dance both at home and abroad. The  Ghana Dance Ensemble plans to liven up our stage with captivating and inspiring performances throughout the year.  Tiqeet will bring you updates. For now here is a sneak-peek of Bukom.

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

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